The live animal exhibit trail and all hiking trails are open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Squam Lake Cruises run daily. BUY/RESERVE TICKETS
Mountain lion lounging

Reciprocity and Bonus Benefits

Members receive discounted admission at participating zoos, aquariums, and nature centers through the

Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Additionally Science Center members receive special benefits at various attractions throughout the season and change on an annual basis.

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Reciprocal Admission

Please check with individual zoos, aquariums, and nature centers for their operating status and reciprocal programs.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA represents more than 200 institutions which meet the highest standards in animal care, provide a fun and educational family experience, and dedicate millions of dollars to scientific research, conservation, and education programs. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center first received accreditation in 2006, and again in 2011, and 2016.

Becoming a member of the Science Center gives you discounted admission to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program.

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The Association of Nature Center Administrators

Members of the Association of Nature Center Administrators embrace best practices for managing a nature center. They offer excellent services to their community in the form of environmental education, outreach and partnerships, stewardship, and sustainability.

Becoming a member of the Science Center gives you benefits from ANCA reciprocal members.

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2022 Bonus Member Benefits

Reciprocal admission is generally good for up to two adults and two youth for a free visit. Be sure to take your membership card with you when you go. Check the website of the organization for specific hours and directions as well as any additional reservation or safety policies/protocols.

MAY Benefit
Science Center members may visit the SEE Science Center, up to four people age 3 and up, at no charge during May 2022.
JUNE Benefit
Science Center members may visit the Mount Washington Observatory's Summit Museum "Extreme Mount Washington," up to two adults and two children, at no charge during June 2022. Tours are also available. Please present membership card at the museum’s front desk located in the basement of NH State Park’s Sherman Adams Summit Building.
JULY Benefit
Science Center members can visit the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover for free throughout the month of July 2022 (up to 4 individuals). To help the museum maintain an occupancy limit, online reservations are required and available at https://childrens-museum.org/visit/info. When reserving online, Squam Lake Members should use the “w/discount (will pay at door)” price types. Science Center members will need to present proof of Membership when they arrive at CMNH. The Museum has a Mask Required Play Session (Tuesdays, 9am-Noon), and all other play sessions are Mask Optional (Tuesdays from 1-4pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9am-noon or 1-4pm, and Sundays 9am-noon). Any questions, please reach out to
AUGUST Benefit
Science Center members may visit The Currier Museum of Art, general admission for up to two adults and two children, at no charge during August 2022. The following exhibitions will be on view: Portraits of Courage; Arghavan Khosravi; Gee's Bend Quilts (collection exhibition); Memoirs of a Ghost Girlhood, A Black Girl’s Window (by Alexandria Smith).
SEPTEMBER Benefit
Science Center members may visit VINS in Quechee, Vermont, up to two adults and two children, at no charge during September 2022.
OCTOBER Benefit
Science Center members may visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Exhibit Galleries in Concord, up to two adults and two children, at no charge during October 2022 (excluding special events and Planetarium shows).

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